“It has been my privilege to work with Michel Richer over recent years, and I know he will continue to be a valuable asset to IAM members, both in Quebec and across Canada.”
General Vice-President Stan Pickthall took pleasure in making the announcement that Michel Richer will soon assume the position of IAM Quebec Coordinator. Richer replaces David Chartrand, who was recently elected as the General Vice-President for IAM Canada. “I was pleased to make this recommendation to International President Bob Martinez, and I am absolutely confident Michel will work hard on behalf of the IAM.” Stated Pickthall.
International President Bob Martinez was pleased to make the appointment of Richer: “On behalf of the Executive Council, we recognize and respect the unique legislative environment for our membership in Quebec. It was crucial that the members there be represented by a Quebec Coordinator with history and experience working in that environment. I know Michel will continue to make a valued contribution in this new role.”
A 40-year member, Richer started his IAM career working as a Station Attendant with Air Canada in 1980, where he worked in various stations across Canada. Active as a shop steward and Shop Committee member within Local Lodge 1751 in Montreal, he was elected as District 140 General Chairperson in 2012. He was responsible for grievances, negotiations, and arbitrations on behalf of members both in the Local Lodge and across the District.
Richer joined the IAM staff at Grand Lodge in 2016 as a Grand Lodge Representative. In this role, he was the organizing lead for the Eastern region of Canada, and led many successful organizing campaigns. As a GLR, Michel also expanded his scope to include working with District 11 organizers.
Fluently bilingual, he assumed the role of Trainer for the Quebec Machinists Council and also led numerous French Leadership training sessions at the Winpisinger Education and Technology Centre on behalf of French-speaking members. He has worked on several Quebec Federation of Labour committees, and is well-known within the Quebec Labour community.
Incoming General Vice-President David Chartrand enthusiastically endorsed the announcement: “Michel is a true Machinist, dedicated to the membership. He has always been available and ready to support his Sisters and Brothers at all levels and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position. I know he will do a wonderful job servicing our members as the Quebec Coordinator.”
Michel Richer assumes the role of Quebec Coordinator commencing July 1, 2021.